Burgers, BBQ and the BSide: Our Restaurant Roll Call for August

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BurgerFi brought more big burgers to Denver.
After two big months for restaurant openings, the pace slowed a little in August -- but still, more than twenty new spots opened their doors this month, everything from downhome burger bars to the upscale Cooper Lounge in Union Station. Keep reading for our Restaurant Roll Call for August.

See also: Restaurant Roll Call for July 2014

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The Denver Bagel Versus the New York Bagel

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Kristin Pazulski
Eden Myles makes a Denver bagel.
New York native Eden Myles has spent years in the bagel biz in Denver, so when Josh Pollack opened Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen and started touting his authentic "New York" bagel, he got a rise out of Myles.

See also: Josh Pollack Is on a Roll With Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen

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The Inaugural GlobalFest Celebrates Ethnic Flavors in Aurora

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J. Wohletz
Lady Di's Nigerian Cuisine.
The lawn in front of the Aurora Municipal Center on East Alameda Parkway was home to the first Aurora GlobalFest on Saturday, where cultural performances, beers from around the world and international tastes from local restaurants -- from American barbecue to Nigerian curried goat -- showcased Aurora's reputation as a hotbed of global cuisine.
Participating restaurants and caterers included Pho 888, The Nile Ethiopian Restaurant, Los Pastes (Mexican empanadas), Sunburst Grill (Filipino), Brooks Smoke House Barbecue, Flava, Voula's Kitchen and Lady Di's Nigerian Cuisine.

See also: Best BBQ in a Garage: Brooks Smokehouse Bar-B-Que


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From Burt's to Bye-Bye Twelve: A Second Helping of Cafe, August 18-22

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Danielle Lirette
A dish from Mayan Manjar Yucateco.
This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz reviews Mayan Majar Yucateco, an underdog that's taken over the former Maria Empanada space and could be a real contender. As she approaches her hundredth Cafe review, she also considers how the restaurant scene in Denver has changed over the past two years. And for Chef and Tell, chef Jason Morse tells Mark Antonation about cooking for Colorado Proud, his love of local ingredients and more.

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Burrito Fanatic Eats 250 Burritos in Two Years, Still Loses Illegal Pete's Eating Contest

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Michael Odbert, on the left, at the Riot Fest Burrito Eating Contest.

Coloradans love burritos; both Chipotle and Illegal Pete's started their burrito empires here for good reason. But few people love them like Michael Odbert, burrito enthusiast, amateur burrito photographer -- he chronicles his love affair on an Instagram account dedicated to his burrito-filled meals -- and occasional competitive eater. Last night, for the second year running, he entered the Riot Fest burrito-eating contest hosted by Illegal Pete's.

See also: 100 Favorite Dishes: Chile Relleno Burrito at El Taco de Mexico


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In Season: Three Colorado Peach Dishes in Denver

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Juliet Wittman
Nothing better than a fresh peach from a market stall.
The best way to eat a Colorado peach is straight off the tree or from a roadside stand, still warm from the sun. Just dust off the skin, take a bite and let the juice run down your chin as you savor the sweetness. After that, the pros can have a go at capturing that flavor in their own culinary creations. Restaurants around town are bringing in peaches by the crate for salads, cobblers and crisps; here are a few samples of some great peach plates from Lower48 Kitchen, Spruce in the Hotel Boulderado and Flagstaff House -- plus a recipe for Flagstaff House's baked peaches in brioche.

See also: The top ten doughnuts in Denver

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Patio of the Week: Enjoy a Mexican Staycation at El Noa Noa

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Kristin Pazulski
Share El Noa Noa's shady patio and Mexican fare with your friends.
The first time I visited El Noa Noa Mexican Restaurant, I had no expectations. It was my initiation into the ritual of strolling along Santa Fe for its First Friday art walk, which was, I found, more about being seen than seeing the art. We wanted to escape the sidewalk crowd and grab a bite and beverage, and stumbled upon this little Mexican oasis.

See also: Patio of the Week: Adrift at a South Broadway Tiki Bar/a>

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Five Ways Restaurants Screw Their Employees

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The news lately has been full of restaurant fuck-ups that create headaches for customers...and hardships for employees. While the restaurant industry as a whole serves a very useful purpose -- it sells prepared meals to people who need and want them, provides a flow of tax money to communities, and offers wage employment without requiring a ton of experience or higher-learning qualifications -- a few bad apples can leave a very bad taste.

Here's a list of five ways that restaurants screw their employees. The least they could do is buy their workers dinner first....

See also: Slackers, drama kings and the overly entitled: The top three restaurant employees who suck


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Photos: Lena Is Heating Up Broadway

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Danielle Lirette
Leña opened quietly last week -- so quietly that its phones still weren't hooked up yesterday -- but word-of-mouth is already strong on this restaurant, a concept cooked up by Jimmy Callahan, the owner of Prohibition, and chef Toby Prout. The space on Broadway, a former antique store, was gutted over the past few months, adding a bar and kitchen with a white oak-fired wood grill (Leña is Spanish for "firewood"), and restoring the stunning tin ceiling and brick walls. "It was a great canvas to work with," says general manager Jen Mattioni.

See also: Lena, a Latin restaurant from the owners of Prohibition, will open on Broadway

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Meow! Former Litigator Hopes to Open Denver's First Cat Cafe

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Sana Hamelin and her cat Little One
Sana Hamelin used to be a corporate litigator. Now she's an entrepreneur looking to create Denver's first cat cafe. Cats, coffee, books and art would all be featured at the Denver Cat Company -- if Hamelin can just raise the money to open her place. Currently her crowdfunding campaign is far from the $50,000 goal, and the deadline is just days away.

See also: Photos of Going to the Dogs at Bark Bar

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